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India

Amy Sawitta Lefevre

Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

20 Jul 2017

Thailand should leave 'no stone unturned' after 62 found guilty of trafficking

BANGKOK More needs to be done to ensure that human traffickers are brought to justice and Rohingya migrants are protected, rights groups said on Thursday, after a trial in which 62 people were convicted of crimes including trafficking and murder.

19 Jul 2017

In junta-ruled Thailand, critics turn to comedy

BANGKOK Dissent has been muted by Thailand's ruling generals since a 2014 coup. But there is one area where critical voices still have some space: humor.

18 Jul 2017

Trial of Thailand's Yingluck fails to break Shinawatra machine

BANGKOK/KHON KAEN As the trial of former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over an extravagant rice subsidy programme winds to a close, her rural supporters are resisting attempts by the ruling junta to silence her family's political machine.

07 Jul 2017

Hundreds show support for former Thai PM as rice scheme trial nears an end

BANGKOK Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrived at a Bangkok court to shouts of encouragement from her supporters on Friday, two weeks before the final stages of a case about her involvement in a ruinously expensive state rice subsidy scheme.

03 Jul 2017

Thailand's new labour rules send thousands of migrant workers fleeing

BANGKOK Tens of thousands of migrant workers, most of them from Myanmar, have fled from Thailand in fear after new labour regulations adopted by the military government, immigration officials said on Monday.

08 Jun 2017

'Wombs for rent' business flourishes in communist Laos

VIENTIANE Dozens of fertility clinics have mushroomed in land-locked Laos after scandals over commercial surrogacy have spurred wealthier southeast Asian neighbours to ban the controversial procedure since 2015.

22 May 2017

Thailand extends web controls from composers of illicit content to viewers

BANGKOK Thai authorities are targeting not only those who post or share material considered insulting to the monarchy, but even those who look at it, police said on Monday, in an escalation in how Thailand deals with critics of the royal family.

17 May 2017

Student leader a rare voice of dissent in military-ruled Thailand

BANGKOK In a country where dissenting voices have largely been quashed by the military junta, 20-year-old Thai student leader Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal is emerging as one of few figures to speak out.

11 May 2017

Despite crackdown, people-smuggling across Thai-Myanmar border has risen

MAE SOT, Thailand People smuggling across the border from Myanmar to Thailand is on the rise despite a crackdown by authorities in both countries that has made it more expensive and dangerous, Thai immigration police say.

04 May 2017

Thai rights lawyer faces up to 150 years in prison for royal insult

BANGKOK A prominent Thai human rights lawyer faces a prison term of up to 150 years if convicted on 10 counts of royal defamation under Thailand's harsh royal insult law, the legal watchdog Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said on Thursday.

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